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The Simpsons Predicted the Future of Technology

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As much as The Simpsons is a reflection of pop culture, many times the animated show also predicts it. Whether it was the Super Bowl matchup this year or the fact that the National Security Agency has been snooping on Americans' communications right under our noses, The Simpsons has an uncanny ability to predict the future, especially when it comes to technology.

From the smart watches everyone seems to be talking about to selfies that are all the rage for preteens trying to express themselves and Hollywood stars trying to polish their looks on Instagram, Matt Groening and his team have always been one step ahead of the curve.

 

No Apologies: All 102

Nirvana Songs Ranked

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Rolling Stone has taken up the thankless task of ranking all 102 songs by Nirvana. Formed in 1987 by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic and joined by drummer Dave Grohl in 1990, the Seattle-based band burned brightest between 1991 and 1994, releasing three uncompromising studio albums that changed the very nature of the music industry. Its impact can still be felt, as legions of bands were influenced by the trio's music and its approach to the music industry.

If you haven't given Nirvana much time over the years (the band is in constant rotation on modern rock radio and that tends to curtail any wish to revisit its back catalogue), this list from Rolling Stone should help you uncover some forgotten gems, ignite some debates among hardcore fans and reconfirm the band's place in the history of the Seattle music scene and the grunge explosion of the early '90s.

 

Video of the Week: Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

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No matter how you feel about the untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a drug overdose, it is impossible to deny his talent on the big screen. Stitching together 50 films from Hoffman's impressive career, right from his first appearance on Law & Order to little-known films like Owning Mahowny, it is a stirring tribute to one of this generation's finest actors. A full list of films included is available on the site.

Download of the Week: Propagandhi -- Free John Hinckley

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With local shows few and far between, it was no big surprise that progressive political thrashers Propagandhi sold out dates on New Year's Eve at the Windsor and this weekend's show at Union Sound Hall in a matter of minutes. Formed in 1986 by guitarist Chris Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky and later adding I Spy's Todd Kowalski on bass and Giant Suns' guitarist David Guillas, Propagandhi have helped defined the Canadian punk scene for over two decades. The band released its last album, Failed States, in 2012 and may be turning out some of its best work to date.

If you haven't seen the group's take-no-prisoners live show, you are going to have to wait. March 15's show with Warsaw and Union Stockyards is sold out and it may be a while until the four-piece plays another local gig. As a consolation prize, check out Free John Hinckley, a blistering, hardcore political sledgehammer that's available as a free download from the group's Bandcamp.com page.

 

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at anthony.siteunseen@gmail.com or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 12, 2014 C17

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